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Domestic violence and MYEFO

Larissa Waters 15 Dec 2015

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, comments on domestic violence and the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

"The Liberal Government has failed to provide any new funding for services or prevention to solve our domestic violence crisis.

"What's worse, the Outlook locks in Tony Abbott's $44 million cut to crisis shelters and his $12 million cut to community legal centres to take effect in 2017.

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PM doesn’t need a summit to fix domestic violence cuts in MYEFO

Larissa Waters 11 Dec 2015

The Australian Greens welcome COAG's announcement of a domestic violence summit and a deadline for national DVO legislation, but cuts must be restored and funding increased for domestic violence services and prevention in the MYEFO next Tuesday.

"While we welcome the first ministers' domestic violence announcements, they will not stop women being turned away from over-stretched refuges and legal centres," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"We welcome a summit, but the cuts to services can be fixed right away. 

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Workplace Gender Equality Agency data shows women paid a quarter less than men

Larissa Waters 26 Nov 2015

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency's annual data on the gender pay gap, out today, shows the gap is even worse when bonuses, allowances and superannuation are taken into account

"When bonuses, allowances and superannuation are taken into account, the gender pay gap for full-time work is a staggering 24 per cent," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"It's seriously unacceptable that in 2015, women only earn about three quarters that of men for full-time work.

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Senate Inquiry into preventing domestic violence by challenging gender inequality

Larissa Waters 25 Nov 2015

The Australian Greens have successfully established a Senate Inquiry on preventing domestic violence by challenging societal attitudes of gender inequality and rigid gender stereotypes.

The inquiry will also look at how these stereotypes are communicated to children and young people, including through the marketing of toys and other products, as well as media, entertainment and education.

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Economic cost of domestic violence must be factored into MYEFO and budget

Larissa Waters 23 Nov 2015

The Australian Greens are calling on the Turnbull Government to factor the Our Watch report on the economic cost of violence against women, released today, into MYEFO and next year's budget.

The report shows violence against women costs the economy $21.7 billion a year and that one million Australian women endured physical or sexual violence, emotional abuse or stalking in the last year.

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Senate wishes ‘happy 40th birthday’ to Women’s House – Queensland’s oldest women’s shelter

Larissa Waters 10 Nov 2015

The Senate has this afternoon supported an Australian Greens' motion marking the 40th birthday of Brisbane's Women's House - Queensland's oldest women's shelter.

"Women's House has saved the lives of many Queensland women and children over its 40 years," Senator Larissa Waters, the Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"We are fortunate to have Australia's oldest independent women's shelter in our state, which I have had the opportunity to visit to learn about its eventful history and the invaluable work it carries on today.

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Narrow defeat of Turnbull Government anti-choice abortion Senate motion is alarming

Larissa Waters 9 Nov 2015

The Senate has narrowly defeated a Turnbull Government motion opposing Greens' state and territory legislation for exclusion zones outside abortion clinics to stop anti-choice protesters intimidating women.

"It's alarming that the Senate was only just able to defeat this appalling motion from the Turnbull Government," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"Senator Canavan, who put forward the motion, has tried to pass this off as a freedom of speech issue but this is an issue of safe, accessible healthcare and women's rights. 

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Self-funded top ups alone won’t solve superannuation gender gap

Larissa Waters 26 Oct 2015

To close the superannuation gender gap the Turnbull Government needs to help all women, not just those who can afford to top up their super, say the Australian Greens.

 Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, who has co-sponsored a Senate Inquiry into women's retirement incomes, said:  

"While it's great the government is looking at options to close the super gender gap, simply encouraging women to top up their super will only help the small number who can afford that.

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Qld women travelling interstate for abortions reconfirms need to decriminalise abortion in our state

Larissa Waters 26 Oct 2015

With Queensland medical experts saying women are travelling to other states to have abortions,  the Palaszczuk Government must get rid of our state's archaic laws that still list abortion as a crime.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said:

"Queensland women should not be treated as criminals for wanting control over their own bodies.

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